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There is a website called Airbnb. This website is for finding a place to stay when you are traveling. People will put pictures of their homes on the website. Then, other people will pay to stay there. It is the same as a hotel, except you stay in people’s homes. You can choose one room or a whole house.

Airbnb is very popular. It is in more than 81,000 cities around the world. The website has more than 4.5 million homes. Airbnb wants to have 1 billion people stay in their homes by 2028. That is around 14% of the world’s population.

Now, Airbnb is trying to attract wealthier people. They have introduced Airbnb Plus and ‘Beyond by Airbnb’. They want Airbnb to be for everyone. For the couch surfers and the wealthy.

Airbnb Plus is for people looking for beautiful homes with great hosts. ‘Beyond by Airbnb’ is even better. It is for the world’s most luxurious homes. A woman in San Francisco put her home on Airbnb Plus. She said people from Airbnb came to her home. They checked every detail of her home. They even checked what kind of pots and pans she had. They have to make sure that everything in these houses is perfect.

Difficult words

Attract: To make someone like something.

Wealthy: Another word for rich.

Couch Surfer: Someone who stays in lots of houses for free or cheap.

Luxurious: Something that is expensive and better than the regular version.

Detail: A small but important feature of something; E.G. The movie has lots of detail.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Attract  A. Deluxe
 2. Wealthy  B. Nomad
 3. Couch Surfer  C. Feature
 4. Luxurious  D. Tempt
 5. Detail  E. Rich

True or False?

1.  Airbnb is a website. T / F

2.  People rent other people’s houses on Airbnb. T / F

3. Airbnb wants poorer people to use their website. T / F

4. Airbnb Plus is more expensive than normal Airbnb.T / F

5. Airbnb Plus houses are not checked by Airbnb people.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. is / Airbnb / website / a / called / There

2. more / The / homes. / than / website / 4.5 / has / million

3. to / is / trying / attract / Airbnb / people / wealthier

4. great / with / for / looking / people / Airbnb / is / Plus / homes / beautiful / for / hosts

5. in  / A / her / on / Plus / woman / San Francisco / put / Airbnb / home

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Introduced Cities Beautiful
Everything Hotel Finding

There is a website called Airbnb. This website is for ________ a place to stay when you are traveling. People will put pictures of their homes on the website. Then, other people will pay to stay there. It is the same as a ________, except you stay in people’s homes. You can choose one room or a whole house.

Airbnb is very popular. It is in more than 81,000 _________ around the world. The website has more than 4.5 million homes. Airbnb wants to have 1 billion people stay in their homes by 2028. That is around 14% of the world’s population.

Now, Airbnb is trying to attract wealthier people. They have ___________ Airbnb Plus and ‘Beyond by Airbnb’. They want Airbnb to be for everyone. For the couch surfers and the wealthy.

Airbnb Plus is for people looking for ____________ homes with great hosts. ‘Beyond by Airbnb’ is even better. It is for the world’s most luxurious homes. A woman in San Francisco put her home on Airbnb Plus. She said people from Airbnb came to her home. They checked every detail of her home. They even checked what kind of pots and pans she had. They have to make sure that ____________ in these houses is perfect.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb?
4. Would you ever post your room or house on Airbnb?
5. Many countries are banning Airbnb, do you think it should be allowed?
6. What do you think about the new luxury Airbnb options?
7. How do you like to travel?
8. What was your worst travel experience?
9. What was your best travel experience?
10. How do you usually find your travel accommodation?
11. Is Airbnb popular in your country?
12. Do you think hotels or Airbnb homes are better?
13. What are the positives to the Airbnb system?
14. What are the negatives to the Airbnb system?
15. Airbnb has caused the rent in many cities to skyrocket, pricing locals out of the market. What do you think can be done to stop this?
16. Is Airbnb good for the consumer?
17. What do you think about Airbnb’s creative homes such as castles and tree houses? Would you like to stay in them?
18. Are there any popular start ups in your country?
19. Have you used any services from a start up?
20. Are there any other industries that you think should be tackled by a start up?